Good morning, everyone. Pardon the delay, there was a bit of a mixup in the KSR offices this morning over who was supposed to do the wakeup post, so we’re off to a late start. It may be early here, but I bet these two Cats fans at Windsor Castle are already enjoying their high tea, or maybe even a Pimms Cup to start the afternoon right. Cheerio, old chaps.
Here’s what you have to look forward to today in the wide world of Kentucky sports…
We’ll hear from Stoops and the defense this evening
There was no media opportunity yesterday so the team could focus on their first day of classes, which probably has most of you itching for a football fix. Mark Stoops, DJ Eliot, and select defensive players will address the media this evening after practice, and hopefully, we’ll hear some good news about Ryan Flannigan, who has been battling a minor injury all camp. The linebacking corps is thin as it is, and Flannigan is a major leader on the defensive side on the ball. Simply put: we need him back and we need him to stay healthy.
Did you see the SEC Network picked UK to go 8-4 last night?
If I hadn’t seen it with my own two eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it myself. While I admire their optimism, I don’t feel quite as confident about UK’s chances at South Carolina and Mississippi State, the latter in particular. Nothing good happens in Starkville.
That’s all fine and dandy, but the real star of UK Football preview show was Patrick Towles’ hair:
– Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) August 27, 2015
Just let your soulllll glo. Just let it shine through.
Sacha Killeya-Jones is coming to Big Blue Madness
Add UK’s latest commit to the guest list, which includes Harry Giles, Miles Bridges, and Rawle Alkins. No offense to those four, but the real question remains, if Drake and Serena Williams are dating, does that mean she’ll come to Madness too?
Kobi Simmons will be on campus this weekend
Simmons was once John Calipari’s number one priority at point guard for 2016, though it’s unclear if that’s still the case since Cal’s offered several other guards in the class. Regardless, he’s coming to UK this weekend for an official visit, and his father, Desmond Stephens, told the Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts his son is down to UK, Georgia, Ohio State and UNLV with a decision coming next month. Both Simmons and his father admit they’re UK fans, and Stephens says the family talks to Cal and Kenny Payne “every day.” That, along with these quotes, make me feel pretty good about UK’s chances:
“I rooted for Kentucky, I’m not going to lie,” he said. “I grew up watching Kenny Walker, Dicky Beal … I go way, way back. My friends and I have a rule — we can never change our favorite teams in life.
“And I really like Cal — I’ve been liking Cal since Memphis. And Kenny Payne, he’s the best of the best when it comes to teaching and knowledge. You gotta love it.”
Enjoy your visit, Kobi.
The seats in the new suites at Commonwealth Stadium sure look nice
Even if they have the new, crooked K.
Happy birthday to Mitch Barnhart
UK’s athletic director is celebrating his 56th trip around the sun today, although with that hair, he doesn’t look a day over 40. Live it up, Mitch. Two chocolate milks this morning!
Who will win the #KSRCandyBracket?
First was cereal, now is candy. It’s chocolate vs. sugar. Who will reign supreme? Tune in to KSR in about an hour to find out.